Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced it has approved a Presidential deployment of up to $725 million in security assistance to meet Ukraine’s critical security and defense needs. This approval marks the 23rd requisition by the Biden administration of equipment from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021.
The United States has provided unprecedented security assistance to Ukraine and will continue to work with allies and partners to ensure Ukraine receives the support it needs. This new security support package includes:
- Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);
- 23,000 155mm artillery shells;
- 500 precision-guided 155mm artillery shells;
- 5,000 155mm round Remote Anti-Armor Mine (RAAM) systems;
- 5,000 anti-tank weapons;
- high-velocity anti-radiation missiles (HARMs);
- More than 200 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs);
- small arms and more than 2,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition;
- Medical supplies.
This announcement follows Defense Secretary Austin meeting defense ministers from nearly 50 countries this week at the Ukraine Defense Contact Group in Brussels, where leaders pledged to provide additional security assistance. Some examples of this additional support were:
- Germany recently delivered the first of four IRIS-T air defense systems to Ukraine. This important donation will help Ukraine better protect its civilian population from Russian airstrikes. Germany also recently announced that it would deliver further MARS missile systems and howitzers.
- Spain announced that it would provide four HAWK launchers to bolster Ukraine’s air defenses.
- Norway, Germany and Denmark invested in domestic production of howitzers in Slovakia.
To meet Ukraine’s evolving battlefield needs, the United States will continue to work with its allies and partners to provide key capabilities to Ukraine.
In total, the United States has pledged more than $18.2 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since January 2021. Since 2014, the United States has pledged more than $20.3 billion in security assistance to Ukraine and approximately $17.6 billion since Russia’s unprovoked and brutal invasion began on February 24